Child Health MD(Res)

Research areas:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiorespiratory sciences
  • General and adolescent paediatrics
  • Genes, development and disease
  • Infection and immunity
  • Neurosciences and mental health
  • Nutritional and surgical sciences
  • Population health sciences.

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IRIS department: Institute of Child Health

Entry requirements

Science graduates must have a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Clinical candidates must have a registerable qualification appropriate to the programme to be followed in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

Scholarships available for this department

Child Health Research PhD Studentships

These awards are based on academic merit.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


MD(Res) graduates usually go on to complete their clinical and/or research training, and many progress on to successful academic clinical careers.


Our programmes produce highly employable graduates, over 80% of whom enter the workforce immediately, thanks to the prestige accorded to the institute by employers. Students are trained to the highest research standards, and benefit from the UCL skills training programme.


A modern research career is based on core research skills, collaboration and networking. Students who gain networking skills early on can benefit greatly in their careers in academia and in the private sector. Students are supervised by internationally-recognised research leaders, and are encouraged to attend local, national and international conferences which provide opportunities to network with peers and research leaders. Many research teams have close links with industry and/or GOSH and the wider NHS.

Next steps


Ms Stella Fusco

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2619


Institute of Child Health

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"My experience of graduate study at the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) matches the expectations I had from such a high-ranked university. The classes in my MSc had small groups of students and the lecturers were all cutting-edge experts, not only from UCL but also from other UK top universities."

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